Microplastic Madness

Director: Atsuko Quirk, Debby Lee Cohen

75 min, USA, 2020

Language: English

With stop-motion animations, heartfelt children’s commentary, and interviews with experts and renowned scientists who are leading the way in microplastics research, this disturbing yet captivating narrative conveys an urgent message in a viewer-friendly way.

Eleven-year-olds delve into the root causes of plastic pollution. Taking on the role of civic scientists and community activists, they collect local data, educate the public and use their own research to inform policymakers by speaking at city hall rallies.


December 18, 2020, 8:00 PM

Q&A with MICROPLASTIC MADNESS directors Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen

Atsuko Quirk is a documentary filmmaker, environmental advocate, and a 21st generation Samurai family member from northern Japan. living in New York City. Her documentary, “Its Everybody’s Ocean” won Best Documentary Short at NYC International Film Festival (2014) and has been screened in film festivals in ten cities around the world.

Debby Lee Cohen, CafCu Executive Director and Founder, is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and Zero Waste activist. She is the Director and Producer of Microplastic Madness, Cafeteria Culture’s feature documentary. She has designed scenery, puppets, and animation for theater, parades, film and television.